Friday, April 8, 2016

New to Ancestry

Two new collections of records relating to the 1916 Easter Rising have been added to Ancestry.
Digitised in partnership with The National Archives at Kew, the releases together provide access to more than 2,600 records, each providing crucial information about Irish Republicans involved in the uprising.
The larger of the two collections, spanning 1916-1922, contains a series of Courts Martial Files, containing details of individuals arrested and tried without a jury for their nationalist activities. This includes papers ordering the execution of the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation – Padraig Henry Pearse, Eamon Ceannt, Thomas James Clarke, James Connolly, Sean MacDiarmada, Joseph Mary Plunkett and Thomas MacDonagh.
The second collection, spanning 1914-1922, gives family historians the opportunity to search newspaper clippings and notes gathered by the British intelligence, naming people suspected to have been disloyal to the crown.
If your ancestor was a part of the unrest around this period, there may be information he for you.  And even if they were not a part of the uprising the data still provides a fascinating insight into this piece of Irish history.

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